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Feb 18, 2013 6:00am PST
of aluminum. honda officials unveiled the sample made with the technology. they say one key is the way the two metals are folded. the technique also relies on special adhesives. the resulting plate is lighter than steel and cheaper than products made just with aluminum. company representatives say the new method can be used on parts such as door panels and a car's trunk. that would shave around 20 kilograms off a vehicle's weight. honda plans to use the technology in a new model set to go on sale in the united states next month. honda isn't the only carmaker that's trying to make lighter cars. others both in japan and overseas are also pursuing the same goal. last year, japan's suzuki motor rolled out a mini car that's about 70 kilograms lighter than the previous model. suzuki reduced the use of regular steel and instead employed high tensile strength steel for the body of the new model. bmw plans to release an electric car and other models in japan next year. they use carbon fiber for much of their bodies. carbon fiber is lighter than steel. experts say the key to winning the race to produce
Feb 12, 2013 6:00am PST
for renewable energy know-how and technology from partners such as japan. nhk world, thailand. >>> pakistan's auto market has long been dominated by companies from japan. the strong brand image and established sales networks have kept rivals firmly in the rear-view mirror. but now an ambitious newcomer is starting to close the gap. we report from islamabad. >> reporter: on the chaotic streets of pakistan one thing has been constant -- old or new, most vehicles here are japanese brands. pakistani loves japanese cars. so much so that nearly 100% of automobiles traded in the domestic market are japanese. some vehicles are even decorated with the names of japanese companies. most drivers don't read japanese. but that's not the point. the decorations look cool. >> translator: you can show off your car is a japanese car. and it looks cool with stickers on. >> reporter: but domination of japanese brands is under threat. this model show took place in the southern city of karachi last month. most exhibitors were the familiar names from japan. but this year, for the first time, they shared the space
Feb 13, 2013 6:00am PST
't limited to buying technology from overseas. last april, they successfully tested the long range ballistic missile capable of reaching most parts of asia. and just last month, it announced it developed an underwater ballistic missile. india has drawn interest for arms and aerospace industries around the world. abhishek dhulia, nhk world, new delhi. >>> people in japan have spent nearly two years documenting the aftermath of the erik and tsunami that change sod many lives. one woman turned her notes from march 11, 2011, and the days after, into mangi, or an illustrate story. she hopes it will help people in her country and abroad better prepare for disaster. nhk world shows us her story of survival in the latest installment of "the road ahead." >> reporter: this woman spent a long time wondering how her children would deal with the disaster and its aftermath. >> translator: i used manga because i wanted to share it in a form that let me be not so direct showing the sad, painful and scary things. >> reporter: she took photos and notes on the day and during the days that followed. they were c
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